Trusting in God's ProvisionConsider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Luke 12:24-25 (NKJV)
As a Pastor I often see hurt and fear in the minds and hearts of many of people. Looking out at the world and the things that are going on could cause even the most faithful to doubt every now and then. But as Christians, it is important for us to focus on the things that we know to be true, and that is God's Word, and His promises. We don't know what is going to happen tomorrow, but we know that God has a plan for us and it is perfect. For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Jesus tells us in Luke 12, God feeds the birds, and we are more valuable than any bird. He tells us even Solomon, the wisest King in the world was not dressed with the splendor of a lily, and we are not to set our heart on what we are to eat and drink. He finishes this off by saying an unbelieving or pagan world runs after such things, and besides He knows we need these things.
Does this mean we shouldn't go out and work to provide food for our family and ourselves? Absolutely not! It means when we have Christ as our Lord; when we are a believer, we don't have to worry about these provisions, for He will provide them for us. He will provide us work, He will provide the clothes, food and provision we need. We're not to feel anxious about these needs. We're to trust God and lean upon Him to guide us, and He will take care of these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
Jesus is telling us we should be occupied first and foremost with seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness. This doesn't simply mean we avoid pursuing temporary things of this world as our primary goal - it means we are to desire above all to participate in spreading the good news of the saving grace of God. To seek God's Righteousness means to pursue life's righteousness in full submission to the will of God.
So if we simply focus on spreading the Gospel, and living our life trusting God and His word, we will have a peace in our hearts and in our minds. And our faith will be properly placed upon Him and our provisions will be met.
Maybe some of us reading this can reflect today on a time where we once had plenty but still were not really content. It could be we were filled with anxiety and became overwhelmed as we attempted to maintain what we thought we needed to be happy. I have learned the enemy will do everything possible to crowd out our most prized possession of time so we don't have enough time to spend with Jesus in prayer, in worshiping on Sundays, or getting to know Him the way He wants to.
I have seen people go through rough times where they have seemingly been stripped of their worldly possessions, including their home or their job. I have also witnessed the fruit of these times as they properly focused on the things truly important. I have seen these very lives rebuilt by God - their faith strengthened and their possessions restored.
When we go through trials we must realize we are going to be drawn to those things we find very valuable to us. When we focus on the Lord we will begin to see all of the blessings God has bestowed upon us. The result will be genuine appreciation and humbleness reflected in our attitude.
Don't worry about tomorrow! Don't wait until tomorrow! Talk to God, and place your trust in Him. Grow your faith and let Him rebuild your life.STUDY QUESTION: What does Jesus tell us to do with our lives in Matthew 6:33?PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see times in your life where you have worried about what tomorrow might bring?APPLICATION: Properly place your faith and trust in the Creator of the universe. He's got the power.
Father, thank You for all of Your provisions within my life. Thank You for my Salvation, my relationship with You, my wife, my children, and my family and friends. Thank You for allowing me to be a small part of Your ministry, and thank You for all of Your provision in every aspect of my life. In Jesus' precious name, amen...
Be blessed, Pastor Scott